Scene of attack near Ariel
Scene of attack near ArielJamal Awad/Flash 90

The United States on Tuesday night condemned the terrorist attack near Ariel, in which three Israelis were murdered.

The statement by US State Department spokesperson Ned Price also expressed condolences to families of Palestinian Arabs who were killed and called on all side to prevent more deaths.

“The United States is deeply concerned by the increased violence in the West Bank. We convey profound condolences to the families and loved ones of the Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children, who have been killed in the past 48 hours,” said Price.

“We strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack, which killed three Israelis and wounded three others. The recent period has seen a sharp and alarming increase in Palestinian and Israeli deaths and injuries, including numerous children. It is vital that the parties take urgent action to prevent further loss of life,” he added.

The three victims in Tuesday’s attack are Tamir Avichai, 50, a resident of Kiryat Netafim and a father of six children; Michael Ledigin, 36, a resident of Bat Yam who made Aliyah to Israel with his family five years ago, and Motti Ashkenazi, 59, a resident of Yavne who worked for the Amisragas gas company as a supplier to the Samaria region.